El Cantinero

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
  • #illumin8us
    "Monday night all you can eat is where it's at !"(4 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "sangria and frozen margaritas are awesome"(5 Tips)
    Tanisha S.
    "They have the best happy hours ever."(13 Tips)
    Denise W.
    "Love the chimichangas and margaritas."(4 Tips)
101 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • happy hour
  • Mexican food
  • monday night
  • all you can eat
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  • Neil C.
    Neil CartyMay 3, 2015
    Nachos leave much to be desired for -- something I might have prepared in a belligerent state. That said the precision for which they apply the cheese to each chip is impeccable.
  • Allie P.
    Allie PrinceDecember 8, 2013
    Excellent service - fun atmosphere - delicious food and awesome drinks & the dessert is to die for especially the fried ice cream :)
  • Jennie D.
    Jennie D.August 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always my go to for large, rowdy, group dinners - perfect before a night out. Cheap, yummy mexican food and pitchers on pitchers on pitchers of margaritas and sangria!
  • Lori K. h.
    All you can eat on Monday nights – check with your server, because sometimes Patron margaritas are the same price as house margaritas. Save yourself a hangover.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 23, 2011
    Skip the food and go straight to the second floor for the all night Happy Hours on Monday and Thursdays where you can dance to Bachata and Salsa – the crowd is a bit older.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SbordoneJune 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The happy hour prices went up recently. It went from $4 per drink to $5. But always a fun night. Get there early, get a table, listen to some good music and DANCE
  • Cora L.
    Cora LambertMarch 24, 2013
    Monday Night: $4 Margaritas and complimentary chips/salsa (upstairs bar); All you can eat Mexican $11.99 (restaurant). This spot is tacky in the most wonderful way.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WatsonAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent spot for work lunch. Fajitas are the best (comes with free margarita) ask for giant sombrero hat! (Don't try to leave with it =o[. )
  • Diash R.
    Diash RichardsApril 19, 2013
    The bar/party floor is good. But good drinks, super crowded by 6pm, good music. If you are looking to drink and dance early it's a good after work spot.
  • Barbara
    BarbaraJuly 31, 2013
    Good people watching by the window. I had mussels& shrimps which was good. My friend ordered arroz con pollo and was highly disappointed. Sangria was good!
  • Jill S.
    Jill StricklandJuly 17, 2015
    No line, friendly staff. Delicious food from appetizers, soups, through entrees. Free frozen lemon margarita was a loved bonus
  • Tanisha S.
    Tanisha SDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything that I have tried here I have loved. The food is great. The drinks are great. They have the best happy hours ever.
  • Ian K.
    Ian KaysOctober 8, 2014
    One of my all time fav mexican spots in NYC. Friendly and attentive staff compliment the amazing food.
  • Ray G.
    Ray GordonFebruary 27, 2010
    Highly recommend this place for the margaritas. Order a couple pitchers with dinner and stick around long enough and the friendly staff just might bring out a round of tequila shots on the house
  • Owen I.
    Owen IversonNovember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the food is always good (if not great) but the best thing about el cantinero is the service. the guys here are fantastic. I've not known another place in the city so accomodating aa el can't.
  • Ashleigh N.
    Ashleigh Nankivell RaizesFebruary 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    frozen margaritas are best in the city: I KNOW-I've tried them ALL in my 7yrs in NYC.I'm from Texas & LA so i know what talkn 'bout. also guacamole, chorizo, steak fajitas, cheese enchiladas Read more
  • Denise W.
    Denise Wei-VitalSeptember 7, 2012
    Love the chimichangas and margaritas. The service is on point. They very attentive and hard working!
  • Jackie O.
    Jackie OMarch 15, 2010
    Amazingly strong margaritas, also a bar upstairs. Great guac and delish food! They usually bring a free round over if you buy a drink or two. (We prefer the pitchers.)
  • Mary G.
    Mary GazellaSeptember 5, 2011
    The watermelon margarita is very tasty, and it sure gets the job done! If you have to work the next day, stick to only one.
  • Max S.
    Max SklarApril 11, 2013
    Food is great but the portions are big - try not to make the same mistake I once made by eating too many chips before the meal. Those chips are damn good though.. maybe I'll just have one more.
  • smileynicoley012
    smileynicoley012May 7, 2011
    The frozen margarita pitcher was good. I split it with a friend and we agreed that sharing it with another works too.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrownAugust 25, 2014
    tacos are great. burritos are great. sangria and frozen margaritas are awesome
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HakimiJuly 4, 2015
    It's a dive bar. Nothing's really *good.* But $6 margs and free food at happy hour is solid. The restaurant side of things isn't really good.
  • vanessa l.
    vanessa lopezFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour drinks and different flavored margaritas are delicious.
  • Lil 1
    Lil 1September 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Free glass of margarita or sangria with your lunch entree! Love this place :)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezOctober 9, 2016
    At night time the top floor is really good , good music and worth going
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohnsonApril 24, 2017
    Free chips and salsa. Dark and cozy vibe. Best Mexican food in Union SQ.
  • Matt28800 @.
    Matt28800 @July 6, 2011
    Have loved this place for years great drinks (very strong) and great authentic Mexican
  • Kat
    KatNovember 19, 2012
    Flavored Frozen Margaritas For $5??? Yes Please!! Happy Hour all night every night!! :)
  • Eliana R.
    Eliana RodriguezAugust 2, 2013
    $5 drinks from 5pm-4am on Thursdays with free wings. And dancing. Can't beat that
  • Ruben G.
    Ruben GuerreroAugust 11, 2015
    The worse Mexican food we've had in a while. Both my fiancé and I had a bite of our dishes and returned the rest. The margarita tasted of cheap syrupy mix and cheap tequila. Staff was nice though.
  • Juanita B.
    Juanita BlancoSeptember 30, 2012
    When ever you want home made food taste come here !! Super good !!!
  • Jose P.
    Jose PutmanAugust 13, 2013
    Nice food and thursday spot for some salsa dancing
  • Eduardo S.
    Eduardo SantanaOctober 17, 2011
    The Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Poblano are awesome.
  • Camille S.
    The shrimp enchiladas were to die for. Authentic
  • nicole
    nicoleJune 19, 2010
    Amazing happy hour every day of the week $4 drinks...interesting crowd but a pleaser!
  • Khadine A.
    Khadine AzeezApril 14, 2013
    Really think this place is overrated. The prices are very reasonable however the food was tasteless and drinks watered down. They sit you pretty quickly, however the staff is lacking personality!
  • Deana C.
    Deana CosperJune 6, 2013
    Unknown tip! Free margarita, sangria, or soda with lunch
  • Alston G.
    Alston GreenOctober 13, 2013
    Nice atmosphere. Dancing on 2nd floor.
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AguirreJune 12, 2014
    It was awesome, the music and food is great.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaOctober 19, 2012
    Margaritas are strong but we got the raspberry and it wasn't that good. LOVED the Chimichangas but wasn't impressed by the rest of the food.
  • Tasayu T.
    Tasayu TasnaphunMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Monday is all you can eat entree day for 12 bucks!!!
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShineNovember 10, 2014
    Happy hour is loud but cheap, good food and service overall.
  • Liz D.
    Liz DeVitoMarch 25, 2013
    Great food, great service, feels like home!
  • Lucy G.
    Lucy GoldsteinApril 2, 2011
    I felt safer visiting Rikers Island than I did at this place. The food was better at Rikers too.
  • Jade G.
    Jade GMarch 3, 2012
    Was there last night and love the margaritas =) so delish ....
  • Bervely V.
    Bervely VictorinJanuary 28, 2012
    food is horrible, lacks authentic mexican spices but compensates with cheap drinks part of there happy hour. Avoid this place on Fridays and Saturdays; it turns; into a mini club and becomes overrated
  • Marc P.
    Marc PharelApril 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Recently raised happy hour price of drinks to $5. Adjust yout budget accordingly.
  • Danny B.
    Danny BirnbaumMay 20, 2013
    Anyone feel like their in the movie Bridesmaids?
  • Balca A.
    Balca ArdaSeptember 1, 2014
    so lovely decorated...
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